From the Archive: Navvies at Cotesbach

The Great Central Railway was built through Lutterworth in the late 1890s and the influx of navvies into the quiet market town had inevitable consequences. The forces of law and order, in particular, went through an exceptionally busy time. ‘Sleeping out with no visible means of subsistence’ was an offence that brought a succession of navvies before the Lutterworth magistrates, and one that usually earned them 7 days’ hard labour in Leicester…

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The Scythe – A tool for our times.

Nicole Clough explains why learning this traditional skill has many benefits - ahead of our Scything class in May. A scything renaissance is underway! With many of us seeking greener, cleaner solutions, this tool is drawing a lot of attention and is making a strong comeback in the UK. As a teacher of scything, I have somewhat of a reputation for raving about its merits, but not without justification. It’s a privilege…

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Spotlight on Watercolours

Thanks to an enquiry from The Watercolour World early this year, the benefit of up to date scanning technology and a huge volunteer effort, sketches and watercolours of Cotesbach and by Cotesbach family are now available for viewing online at This marvellous website is a window on the world before colour photography, making our collection viewable alongside others without compromising its care and management and enlivening even the most elaborate description…

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The Last Straw: gripping novel with Cotesbach roots

Looking for a good read over Christmas? Former Trustee and CET volunteer Paula Jeffery, who originally came to Cotesbach in search of her Rainbow ancestors, has published her first novel about one of them: Jabez. His father John was born in Cotesbach in 1785, into a family whose forebears had been farming here for generations; John and Ruth moved to Coventry when he became a lawyer’s clerk, but his son got entangled…

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Mosaic Artist Wanted!

We are seeking to commission an artist to create a mosaic on our outside space using archaeological artefacts found here! Please read our tender document for more information and do get in touch if you have any questions. Mosaic Artist TenderDownload

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Pasta shortage? Try making your own!

Thank you to Sam Rouse of Cork & Fork for allowing us to share his recipe. Fresh homemade pasta Ingredients 6 large free-range eggs 600 g Tipo '00' flour Method Place the flour on a board or in a bowl. Make a well in the centre and crack the eggs into it. Beat the eggs with a fork until smooth. Using the tips of your fingers, mix the eggs with the flour,…

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CET – temporary suspension of talks, classes and events.

It will come as no surprise that we are postponing all our talks, events and classes. We will continue to follow Government guidelines and monitor the situation. If you have purchased a ticket to one of our upcoming classes then we hope that we will be able to reschedule these for later in the year, you will receive an e-mail via Eventbrite letting you know that the class is postponed and you…

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